George W. Bush Surprises GOP Governors

Surprise visit organized by Chris Christie

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s first act as chairman of the Republican Governors Association Thursday was a secret to all but a few close aides —  organizing a surprise appearance by former President George W. Bush.

The 43rd president stopped into Scottsdale, Ariz., on his way to a speech in Oklahoma on Thursday night to speak with the more than 20 Republican governors in a private lunch at the group’s fall meeting. The event, at the plush Phoenician Resort’s wood-paneled steakhouse overlooking the terraced pools and golf course here, featured short remarks from Bush and a longer question and answer session over a two-hour lunch.

“It was absolutely wonderful to have him here,” said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. “He was very upbeat and charismatic.”

Brewer said Bush offered advice to the GOP governors as the 2014 and 2016 races approach. “He encouraged all of us and said the best breeding ground for presidents are the governors,” she said. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said it was a “family meeting” and therefore wouldn’t reveal Bush’s message to the group.

“Governor Christie asked President Bush to come surprise the governors at lunch and share some experiences from his time as Governor and President,” said a Bush spokesman. As he exited the lunch, Bush declined to talk to reporters.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has had a troubled relationship with his immediate predecessor, described the lunch as “Tasty. It was a tasty piece of steak.”

Democratic Governors Association spokesman Danny Kanner was quick to blast Republicans for inviting the former president.

“Republican governors are implementing the very same Bush-era economic policies that crushed the middle class for the benefit of the wealthiest Americans and major corporations,” he said in a statement. “For the sake of the working families in their states, we’re hoping they kept the discussion to the weather.”

18 comments
Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

As a Democrat I encourage all republicans to roll out Bush every chance they get. Maybe even cut some commercials. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

Wish I could of been there with Cristie and Bush must have been fun. I have stayed at the very same resort when visiting Phoenix a beautiful place with excellent dining. To rich for libs and democrats and way to expensive for them to stay at, thank god they would have ruined the atmosphere.Go CC in 2016.

makingsense.proboards.com
makingsense.proboards.com

It is very interesting. The more I hear the Democrats try to recall Republican Presidents, the more repetitive and phony it sounds. I can't tell you how often I have heard this line.

“[insert Republican name here] is implementing the very same economic policies that crushes the middle class for the benefit of the wealthiest Americans and major corporations.”

How many times have we heard this line repeat over and over and over again? It is so uniform and unoriginal. But I guess to people who do not think independently this reaffirms their sticking to this line as if it is the gospel truth.... every time it is said.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@Openminded1 "To( sic) rich for libs and democrats and way to (sic) expensive"

Once is a typo, twice is ignorance. 

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

@Openminded1 

Didn't you read?  It was a "family event" and  common right wingers aren't privy, let alone the American public.   Secret.  Scull and Bones. 

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

@makingsense.proboards.com 

How many times have we heard the refrain of Republicans benefiting the wealth class at the loss of the middle class? Countless times every year as the middle class slides into poverty for Republican fiscal policy.  More to come no doubt until we replicate the Great Depression.  Then we will need another TR/FDR.  Those who do not recall history...doubt that anybody in the Republican Party can complete the thought.

jmac
jmac

@makingsense.proboards.com  Is it not gospel truth?  The only Republican who was responsible on the economy was George Sr. and he was booted out for trying to pay the bills.   It's Reagan that Tripled the National Debt; it's Bush jr who Double it with policies George Bush senior called "Voodoo economics."   That's the gospel truth.  

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@formerlyjames 

Right now, today, it's the Republican party that is stunting economic growth, a full recovery from the Great Recession, and jobs growth by their continued partisan politics and obstructionism.  Did they learn anything from the recent budget fight/government shutdown?  No.  They continue to drag their feet in the current budget conference that was formed with the agreement in Oct to reopen the gov't. 

So, yeah, the accusation amply applies.  

Openminded1
Openminded1

@formerlyjames I have been around since Truman and have heard the bs from bleeding heart liberals for years. stop the tears and think out of the dems box, the middle class has always made it.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@Openminded1 @Paul,nnto Your tantrums are funny. 

And you were so close to not appearing ignorant!

 Lower case "t" in your use of "too"and that four word sentence would have been correct.  Maybe start with a shorter length sentence and work up? 

Openminded1
Openminded1

Ps, As a democrat like I said you could not afford to stay there. Even with my use of the wrong to, it has never hurt my bank account.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Paul,nnto @Openminded1 Dumb ass, I know the difference. I type at 125 words a minute I do not proof read post to often, since this is not a English class and you are not here to grade papers Professor. You and everyone else on here understood what i wrote and it.'s meaning moron. Get over your snob ass self.